Speeches

Vaccination Hub in Macquarie

August 23, 2021

When I listen to members opposite I wonder what planet they live on. Yes, of course we want to get out of these terrible lockdowns, but people also want to be vaccinated. That isn't easy to do if you live in the Blue Mountains or the Hawkesbury and you're not able to spend hours and days online or phoning GPs to try and get an appointment. Even when you do get one it's typically not until October or November, unless you're lucky—especially in...

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NDIS and vaccination

August 23, 2021

I think that the biggest concern for people who rely on the NDIS is that promises are made but promises are not necessarily kept. I want to take people back to the months of anxiety that were created around independent assessments, when people were told that things would be totally changed and that all the medical stuff that had happened would actually be thrown out the window when the independent assessments would come in. It was advocacy fro...

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Question to the Prime Minister: Small Business

August 12, 2021

My question is to the Prime Minister. Small businesses in my electorate of Macquarie are struggling to keep their doors open, this time without any JobKeeper. They don't know how much longer they can go on. Isn't it true that this wouldn't be happening if the Prime Minister had done his two jobs on vaccines and quarantine? Australians are paying the price for this Prime Minister's neglect. Who is he going to blame this time?

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Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2021 Second Reading

August 11, 2021

The bill today is a welcome reform to the schedule, and Labor is supporting it. It extends the coverage to children from birth to 17 and removes that lower age limit on eligibility. The bill will help deliver a positive initial dental experience for more Australian kids now, at a younger age, and you always hope that puts to rest any of the negative feelings people have about dentists and oral hygienists.

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IPCC CLimate Change

August 10, 2021

If the fires in Greece, the heatwaves in Washington state, the floods in Germany and the breaking apart of icebergs weren't enough, I could understand the fear and the sense of hopelessness that the latest IPCC report has triggered in people. To the grandparents who are worried about the world they're leaving their grandkids, to the new parents or those thinking of being parents who are worried about what this means for the future of their kid...

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Question to the Prime Minister: Vaccination

August 10, 2021

Ms TEMPLEMAN (Macquarie) (14:45): My question is to the Prime Minister. The Morrison government promised that aged-care workers would be fully vaccinated against COVID by Easter. Four months on, more than half are still waiting. Today the New South Wales minister for health said he'd never been asked by the Morrison government to put in place an order for mandatory vaccination of aged-care workers. Will the Prime Minister take responsibility f...

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